Southern Splendour

Visit to South India is one of the most memorable experiences in the journey of any traveler. It’s a wonderful combination of Chennai – The Gateway to South India, Mahabalipuram – the epitome of ancient south India architecture, Pondicherry - a showcase of French India, Tanjore – an architectural excellence, Periyar – one of the most picturesque destination of South India, Houseboat in Alleppy- once in a lifetime experience & Cochin – a mix of modern and ancient India.

Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, Tanjore-Trichy-Madurai, Madurai, Periyar, Alleppey, Cochin Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights

Day 01: Arrival Chennai
Arrival Chennai and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel

Day02: Chennai-Mahabalipuram (55Km/1.15Hrs)
Morning proceed for Mahabalipuram enroute orientation tour of Chennai. Afternoon visiting of Mahabalipuram including Shore Temple and Arjuna’s penance. Overnight at the hotel

Day03: Mahabalipuram-Kanchipuram-Mahabalipuram (160Km/4Hrs)
Excursion to Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram or Kanchi is a temple city. It is known for its temples and silk sarees. Kanchipuram is also called as "City of 1000 Temples". There are several big temples like Varadharaja Perumal Temple for Lord Vishnu and Ekambaranatha Temple which is the "earth abode" of Lord Siva. Evening return to Mahabalipuram for overnight stay

Day04: Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry (155Km/3hrs)
Morning proceed for Pondicherry. Pondicherry is synonymous French heritage in India. A remarkable degree of French influence in Pondicherry exists to this date. Evening visit of Shree Aurobindo ashram which is a combination of yoga and modern science. Overnight at the hotel

Day05: Pondicherry- Chidambaram- Kumbakonam(170Km/4hrs)
Morning leave for Tanjore enroute visiting Chidambaram to see the temple of Nataraja. Arrive Kumbhakonam and transfer to hotel. Kumbakonam is known for its temples and Mathas. There are around 188 Hindu temples in Kumbakonam. Apart from these, there several thousand temples around the town thereby giving the town the sobriquets temple town and City of temples. The most important temples present in Kumbakonam are the Sarangapani temple, the Kumbeswara temple and the Ramaswamy temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day06: Kumbhakonam - Tanjore-Trichy-Madurai (130Km/4hrs)
Morning drive to Madurai enroute visiting famous temples of Tanjore most famous of them is Brihadeshwara temple. Also visit Trichy known for the Rock fort Temple & Srirangam Temple. Later drive to Madurai on arrival check in hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07: Madurai
Post breakfast city tour of Madurai situated on the banks of river Vaigai having a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era. Visit the famous Meenakshi Temple famous for its gigantic gateway which is 49 mts. High. Also visit Tirumala Naik Palace and Gandhi Museum. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 08 : Madurai – Periyar (140 Km, 4 Hours)
Morning leave for Periyar. Periyar is known for its Wildlife Sanctuary which is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs.The splendid artificial lake formed across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. It is also considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Afternoon enjoy Boat cruise which is the best option to experience the wilds of Periyar Sanctuary. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Periyar – Alleppey (130 Km, 4 Hours)
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Alleppey. On arrival embark the house boat. Enjoy a memorable houseboat ride on enchanting backwaters of Alappuzha to explore its breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and the fascinating Kerala countryside. All meals will be served on board. Overnight onboard the House boat.

Day 10: Alleppey – Cochin (60 Kms 02 Hours)
Enjoy the breakfast in houseboat and continue the morning cruise in houseboat. Disembark from the houseboat and Drive to Cochin. On arrival check in at the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing of Cochin covering Dutch Palace Museum, Jewish Synagogue, Francis Church and Chinese Fishing Net. Evening enjoy one of the classical dances of South India, known as Kathakali. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Leave Cochin
In time transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination.